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The Government – Not The Unions – Are Itching For A Fight

There is never a good time for a strike, and the current economic circumstances make now a particularly bad time. With all the present uncertainty facing the British economy disruptions caused by industrial action add to the more general burdens. But the decision by the Lib Dems and the Tories to demonise public sector workers [...]

Nick Signs Up to Newcastle University’s Charter for Changing Age

Nick Brown has signed a charter highlighting the plight of pensioners. The Newcastle East MP has pledged his support for Newcastle University’s Charter for Changing Age. The charter provides a radical reassessment of the place of older people in society and calls for “profound” change in attitudes towards ageing. The charter states: “Too often, political [...]

North East Older Persons’ Conference

Nick Brown today spoke at a conference at the Assembly Rooms organised by the North East Older People’s Advisory Group. More than a hundred elder citizens gathered to tell Nick and Pensions Minister Angela Eagle what more the Government can do to make their lives easier and better. In 2007, for the first time ever, [...]

Nick says “Keep the Heating On” as Government Increases Fuel Payments During Cold Snap

Nick today welcomed the news that thousands of families in the North East would get £75 extra towards the cost of their heating, as the Government pays out millions in Cold Weather Payments. Around £200 million in payments has been racked up so far this winter, with just over £70 million of this over the [...]

Know Your Entitlement – Nick Brown Launches Summer Benefit Take Up Campaign

Nick Brown has today revealed that he is to run a summer pilot campaign in his Newcastle East to increase the number of people claiming all types of benefits they are eligible for. Nick said: “The average weekly amount of Pension Credit paid to eligible pensioners in Newcastle is worth £48.25 per week. We know there [...]

Raising Awareness of Pension Credit

This week at the House of Commons I met with representatives of pensioners groups from the North East, who had come to London as part of an Age Concern lobby. This Government has a good record on making life better for our older citizens – but there is always more that can be done. Since [...]